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Central Spain


Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

NF62X6: A novelty at the Escuela de Minas de Madrid Show 2013. Aggregates of very bright vivid yellow crystals with well defined faces of a short prism and the terminal pinacoid. They are on a limonite matrix.
Luis Mine, Norte vein, Del General Mines, Cabezarrubias del Puerto, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (01/03/2013)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 2.6 × 1.8 cm = 2.4” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.1 cm = 0.1” × 0.0”




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Cinnabar with Quartz

NA47AG9: Isolated Cinnabar crystals on matrix with very well defined faces and edges, translucent, very bright and with a very intense color. A Spanish classic-classic.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1960-70)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 2.5 × 2.8 cm = 1.2” × 1.0” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




Cinnabar with Quartz. Cinnabar with Quartz.
Cinnabar with Quartz.
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Cinnabar with Quarz and Dolomite
Cinnabar with Quarz and Dolomite. Cinnabar with Quarz and Dolomite.

TR96AG9: Isolated Cinnabar crystals on matrix, with very well defined faces and edges, clearly twinned, translucent, very bright and with a very intense color. A Spanish classic.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain

Specimen size: 6.3 × 5 × 2.2 cm = 2.5” × 2.0” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




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Cinnabar with Quartz

NT69AG9: Parallel growth of Cinnabar crystals with polycrystalline surfaces and slight curvatures on the edges. They are translucent, bright, with an intense color and are on matrix with small Quartz crystals. A Spanish classic. The sample is from the Eugeni Bareche collection (num. 692) and we’ll send the label to the buyer.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1960-70)

Specimen size: 8.1 × 5.7 × 4.3 cm = 3.2” × 2.2” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 0.8 cm = 0.7” × 0.3”




Cinnabar with Quartz. Cinnabar with Quartz.
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Cinnabar with Calcite
Cinnabar with Calcite. Cinnabar with Calcite.

NA54AH4: Aggregates of Cinnabar crystals with very well defined faces and edges, with a predominant rhombohedron, translucent, very bright and on a quartzite matrix coated by white Calcite microcrystals. An excellent Spanish classic.
Almaden Mine, Almadén, Comarca Valle de Alcudia, Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha  Spain (±1960-70)

Specimen size: 16 × 8 × 5 cm = 6.3” × 3.1” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”


Euro:980 / US$1127 / Yen:128400 / AUD$1594

Reservado
Bavenite with smoky Quartz and Chlorite

NK14Y9: Spheroidal aggregates of platy Bavenite crystals. They are translucent, very bright, and on matrix, with Chlorite and small, very clear and bright, smoky Quartz crystals. Carlos González Bargueño was the first to find these Bavenites and it is thanks to his labor that these extraordinary samples have been saved.
Valdeconejillos Quarry, Cadalso de los Vidrios, Comarca Sierra Oeste de Madrid, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 4 × 3.9 × 3.1 cm = 1.6” × 1.5” × 1.2”

Former collection of Carlos González Bargueño




Bavenite with smoky Quartz and Chlorite. Bavenite with smoky Quartz and Chlorite.
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Clinozoisite-Epidote with Prehnite, Microcline and Quartz
Clinozoisite-Epidote with Prehnite, Microcline and Quartz. Front
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Clinozoisite-Epidote with Prehnite, Microcline and Quartz. Rear
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Clinozoisite-Epidote with Prehnite, Microcline and Quartz.

NA6AC1: Radial aggregates of acicular crystals whose chemical composition is between Clinozoisite (dominant) and Epidote. The crystals are implanted on a matrix partially coated by clear green Prehnite aggregates, Orthoclase and Quartz crystals. The sample is from a large famous find in 1999 at the La Saludadora Quarry.
Isabel Quarry (La Saludadora Quarry), La Cabrera pluton, Valdemanco, Comarca Sierra de Guadarrama, Madrid, Community of Madrid  Spain (03/1999)

Specimen size: 19.8 × 15.1 × 4.5 cm = 7.8” × 5.9” × 1.8”




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San Andrés Mine Pyromorphite

The small San Andrés Mine in Villaviciosa, Córdoba, produced, over the period 1997-1998, some really great Pyromorphite! The color is a fantastic apple green and their brilliance is typical of the specimens that in the past have made this mine famous. These are, without doubt, the best Pyromorphite found in Europe during the last few years, and they really compete well with the famous American Bunker Hill Pyromorphite, and with the new Chinese ones. The specimens were found in two different pockets. The first one was found in November 1997 and it was called 'Realces' pocket. The second (and last) one was found in November 1998. It was called the 'Geoda del Tunel' pocket. Unfortunately, after these two pockets the mine entrance was blocked by tons of rubble.

Realces pocket (11/1997)

Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite

NB16AI5: Groups of mainly prismatic Pyromorphite crystals that coexist with very acute elongated crystals, a very unusual habit for San Andrés Pyromorphite, similar to the samples from El Horcajo.
This sample is from the Ignacio Gaspar collection and we’ll send to the buyer the original label.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10-11/1997)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.7 × 3.6 cm = 2.5” × 1.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar




Pyromorphite. Front
Front
Pyromorphite. Rear
Rear
Pyromorphite. Top
Top
Pyromorphite. Close-up
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

N36KD0: A very aerial group with green doubly terminated crystals with multiple hexagonal terminations.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10-11/1997)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2.4 × 1.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.9” × 0.6”




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Pyromorphite

N67VD0: Group of doubly terminated crystals with slightly curved edges. The sample has two different colors, yellow and green.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10-11/1997)

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3.1 × 2 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 0.8”




Pyromorphite.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

N91YAB8: Aggregate of short prismatic crystals, a lot of them doubly terminated and with very well defined faces and edges. They are green in color with slightly yellowish shades and are on matrix. A Spanish classic of a well-known find in 1997.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (10-11/1997)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 4.9 × 3.7 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”

Minor fluorescence short UV




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Pyromorphite with Baryte

N90CZ8: Irregular aggregate, on matrix, of crystals formed by a short prism and the pinacoid, whose faces and edges are very well defined. They have a clear apple green color and intense luster. Some of the crystals are doubly terminated. The sample is from the excellent, and already famous, find in 1997.
San Andrés Mine, Realces pocket (Victoria), Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (11/1998)

Specimen size: 8.4 × 5.6 × 3.4 cm = 3.3” × 2.2” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence short UV




Pyromorphite with Baryte. Pyromorphite with Baryte.
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

NB10AI5: Clusters of prismatic and very acute elongated crystals, a very unusual habit for San Andrés Pyromorhite, similar to the samples from El Horcajo.
This sample is from the Ignacio Gaspar collection and we’ll send to the buyer a copy of the original label.
San Andrés Mine, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1987)

Specimen size: 1.4 × 1.4 × 1 cm = 0.6” × 0.6” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar




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Pyromorphite

NE13AI5: Clusters of prismatic and very acute elongated crystals, a very unusual habit for San Andrés Pyromorhite, similar to the samples from El Horcajo.
This sample is from the Ignacio Gaspar collection and we’ll send to the buyer a copy of the original label.
San Andrés Mine, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1987)

Specimen size: 1,6 × 1.5 × 1.4 cm = 0.4” × 0.6” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar


Euro:80 / US$91 / Yen:10260 / AUD$125

Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
Reservado
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.

ND37AI5: Clusters of prismatic and very acute elongated crystals, a very unusual habit for San Andrés Pyromorhite, similar to the samples from El Horcajo.
This sample is from the Ignacio Gaspar collection and we’ll send to the buyer a copy of the original label.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, report 51, December 5, 2018 edition.
San Andrés Mine, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1987)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 3.1 × 1.9 cm = 1.2” × 1.2” × 0.7”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar


Euro:230 / US$260 / Yen:29590 / AUD$359

Reservado
Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite

NA67AI5: Groups of mainly prismatic Pyromorphite crystals that coexist with very acute elongated crystals, a very unusual habit for San Andrés Pyromorphite, similar to the samples from El Horcajo.
This sample is from the Ignacio Gaspar collection and we’ll send to the buyer the original label.
San Andrés Mine, Espiel, Comarca Valle del Guadiato, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (1987)

Specimen size: 2.7 × 2 × 3 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 1.2”

Minor fluorescence short UV

Former collection of Ignacio Gaspar




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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Southern Spain


Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.

EA12AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.8 × 2.2 cm = 1.7” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite

ED16AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 5.4 × 4.2 cm = 1.7” × 2.1” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.

EC11AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 3.5 × 3 cm = 2.2” × 1.4” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite

EB13AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 4.1 × 2.1 cm = 2.2” × 1.6” × 0.8”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite
Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.

EF14AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 7.4 × 5.4 × 4.2 cm = 2.9” × 2.1” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




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Pyrolusite with Romanèchite

EE6AI3: Spheroidal Pyrolusite aggregates on a limonite matrix of bundles of crystals with finely but deeply striated faces. A considerable size and an extraordinarily bright luster contrasting with Romanéchite aggregates, powdery with a deep black color. The sample is of an extraordinary quality for the locality and even for the species.
Haití Mine, Cabezo de San Ginés, San Ginés de la Jara, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (10/2017)

Specimen size: 8 × 5.3 × 3.2 cm = 3.1” × 2.1” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




Pyrolusite with Romanèchite. Pyrolusite with Romanèchite.
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Quartz with Siderite
Quartz with Siderite. Quartz with Siderite.

TE76AG0: Group of Quartz crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with a very short prism and coated by a second generation of micro-crystalline Quartz. With small Siderite crystals.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain

Specimen size: 9.8 × 7.2 × 6 cm = 3.9” × 2.8” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 5.5 × 4.6 cm = 2.2” × 1.8”

Former collection of Alain Martaud




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Quartz with Calcite and Siderite

TT67AG0: Group of Quartz crystals on matrix. They have a very short prism and are translucent with a pale amethyst color, and they are partially encrusted by white Calcite crystals and with small spheroidal Siderites.
San Valentín open pit, Sancti Espíritu, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain

Specimen size: 12.2 × 8.2 × 5.8 cm = 4.8” × 3.2” × 2.3”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.5 cm = 1.5” × 1.4”

Former collection of Alain Martaud




Quartz with Calcite and Siderite. Quartz with Calcite and Siderite.
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Sphalerite with Quartz
Sphalerite with Quartz. Sphalerite with Quartz.

TM66AG0: Group of complex Sphalerite crystals that are twinned and have very well defined faces and edges, with a luster more intense than usual on samples from this locality. They are on a druse of small Quartz crystals.
Lolita Mine, Pico del Águila, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, Cartagena, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain

Specimen size: 6 × 4.5 × 3.7 cm = 2.4” × 1.8” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 1.5 × 1.3 cm = 0.6” × 0.5”

Former collection of Alain Martaud




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Gypsum with Siderite and Quartz (variety chalcedony)

TD97AF7: Parallel growths of very sharp Gypsum crystals that are clear and colorless and very bright. On a rocky matrix with small Siderite crystals and Quartz (chalcedony variety).
The sample is from the collection of La Unión area minerals of Alain Martaud, whose label we’ll send to the buyer.
Tomasa Mine, La Fortuna, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (1980-1985)

Specimen size: 12.3 × 11.7 × 7.5 cm = 4.8” × 4.6” × 3.0”

Main crystal size: 7 × 3.1 cm = 2.8” × 1.2”

Former collection of Alain Martaud




Gypsum with Siderite and Quartz (variety chalcedony). Gypsum with Siderite and Quartz (variety chalcedony).
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Baryte
Baryte.

NE14Z5: Aggregate of very sharp Baryte crystals, between laminar and tabular, bright with a deep blue color and with phantom growths. It is from a currently extinct mine, very popular some time ago due to the intense color of these Barytes.
San Jorge mining group, Sierra Minera de Cartagena-La Unión, Portmán, La Unión, Comarca Campo de Cartagena, Murcia, Region of Murcia  Spain (2004-2006)

Specimen size: 5.7 × 5.1 × 3.8 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.5”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.6 cm = 0.8” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV




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Pyromorphite

NT16AE3: Aggregate, on matrix, of prismatic crystals, some with deep hollowed terminations, and very well defined parallel growths. Its habit and brown color with greenish shades are very distinctive and make the samples from this find unmistakable and it has become a Spanish classic. The specimen is from a cavity in an old lead mining area of Roman time where Pyromorphites appeared previously.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 3.4 × 2.7 × 2.9 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.8 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV




Pyromorphite. Front
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Pyromorphite. Side
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Pyromorphite
Pyromorphite.

NK36R2: From an unexpected find in an old lead mining area of Roman time where the Pyromorphites appeared previously, although with a different shape than this specimen. Its habit and color, very distinctive, make this find unmistakable. It has become a Spanish classic. This specimen comes from a first selection of the specimens when they were found.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.4 × 2.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.3” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.4 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV




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Pyromorphite

NM16AE3: Aggregate, on matrix, of prismatic crystals, some with deep hollowed terminations, and very well defined parallel growths. Its habit and brown color with greenish shades are very distinctive and make the samples from this find unmistakable and it has become a Spanish classic. The specimen is from a cavity in an old lead mining area of Roman time where Pyromorphites appeared previously.
Resuperferolítica Claim, Cerro de la Canaleja, Santa Eufemia, Comarca Los Pedroches, Córdoba, Andalusia  Spain (04/1995)

Specimen size: 3.7 × 3.6 × 1.6 cm = 1.5” × 1.4” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.3 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”

Minor fluorescence long & short UV




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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Antimony with Quartz
Antimony with Quartz. Antimony with Quartz.

NV13AH7: Sharp and very bright crystalline growths and very neat exfoliation of native Antimony on a Quartz matrix. The specimen is from an old find and today it is very difficult to obtain samples from this locality which can be considered a Spanish classic.
La Viñuela reservoir, La Viñuela, Comarca La Axarquía, Málaga, Andalusia  Spain (1987)

Specimen size: 4.4 × 3.4 × 3.6 cm = 1.7” × 1.3” × 1.4”




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Gold

NH50AF0: Complete Gold nugget preserving rough octahedral crystalline forms, with relatively well preserved faces and edges.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain

Specimen size: 1.6 × 1.3 × 0.4 cm = 0.6” × 0.5” × 0.2”

Weight: 3.6 grams



Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
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Gold with Quartz
Gold with Quartz. Gold with Quartz.

NG49AF0: Leafy masses on a white Quartz matrix of skeletal Gold crystals with molds that have preserved the shape of disappeared Quartz crystals.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain

Specimen size: 1.6 × 1.5 × 1.9 cm = 0.6” × 0.6” × 0.7”

Weight: 3.4 grams



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Gold

NR97AC4: Flattened and elongated Gold nugget with small vugs, inclusions and hollows. The sample has a good size for the locality and shows on its upper part some defined but quite rounded crystalline forms.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (02-03/2012)

Specimen size: 1.7 × 1 × 0.3 cm = 0.7” × 0.4” × 0.1”

Weight: 2.2 grams



Gold. Front
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Gold
Gold. Gold.

NM68AH4: Dendritic, spongy and laminar Gold growths perched on a Quartz pebble. From an occasional and very recent find at a Spanish place in an area in which Gold pebbles have been noted, but is not well known until now.
Paraje Jardines del Guadiana, Casas de Don Pedro, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 2.1 × 1.4 × 0.8 cm = 0.8” × 0.6” × 0.3”

Weight: 4.1 grams



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Gold

NA77AH4: Very flattened oblong gold pebble that partially retains some crystalline forms on both surfaces. From an occasional and very recent find at a Spanish place in an area in which Gold pebbles have been noted, but not well known until now.
Paraje Jardines del Guadiana, Casas de Don Pedro, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 2.8 × 1.6 × 0.5 cm = 1.1” × 0.6” × 0.2”

Weight: 17.6 grams



Gold. Front
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Gold. Rear
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Gold on Quartz
Gold on Quartz. Gold on Quartz.

NF76AC4: Irregular native Gold aggregate on a matrix of massive Quartz, with poorly defined crystalline surfaces at the right and skeletal growths at the left.
Talarrubias / Casas de Don Pedro area, Comarca La Siberia, Badajoz, Extremadura  Spain (02-03/2012)

Specimen size: 4 × 2.9 × 1.6 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 0.6”

Weight: 0.9 grams



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Goethite

NF27AF2: Botryoidal and stalactitic Goethite growths with dappled metallic iridescences with greenish, yellowish and reddish dominant shades. The sample is from a punctual find in a mine without acces currently, so, likely no new samples will be obtained from there.
La Lapilla Mine, La Lapilla, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03-04/2008)

Specimen size: 13.3 × 6.2 × 3.6 cm = 5.2” × 2.4” × 1.4”




Goethite. Front
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Mimetite specimens from Tharsis, Spain

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Mimetite
Mimetite. Mimetite.

NA13AG0: Druse of Mimetite crystals on a rock matrix that resemble the English campylites, with a spheroidal shape but very well-defined faces and edges. They are bright, with a color between yellow and deep olive green. The sample is from a recent find at Tharsis.
Filón Sur open pit (external), Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (30/04/2017)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 3.2 × 1.9 cm = 1.3” × 1.3” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.2 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




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Mimetite

NB12AG0: Druse of Mimetite crystals on a rock matrix that resemble the English campylites, with a spheroidal shape but very well-defined faces and edges. They are bright, with a color between yellow and deep olive green. The sample is from a recent find at Tharsis.
Filón Sur open pit (external), Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (30/04/2017)

Specimen size: 4.6 × 2.3 × 3.3 cm = 1.8” × 0.9” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




Mimetite. Mimetite.
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Mimetite
Mimetite. Mimetite.

NC14AG0: Druse of Mimetite crystals on a rock matrix that resemble the English campylites, with a spheroidal shape but very well-defined faces and edges. They are bright, with a color between yellow and deep olive green. The sample is from a recent find at Tharsis.
Filón Sur open pit (external), Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (30/04/2017)

Specimen size: 6 × 4 × 3.1 cm = 2.4” × 1.6” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




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Mimetite with Beudantite

NY60AA3: Small but very sharp tabular Mimetite crystals of excellent quality. Grouped or isolated, they always have very well defined faces and edges, are bright and have a very intense and uniform yellow color and are on a limonite matrix with botryoidal growths of Beudantite in micro-crystals. Both the Mimetite and Beudantite have been analyzed and we will send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (09-10/2011)

Specimen size: 3.1 × 1.9 × 2.2 cm = 1.2” × 0.7” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




Mimetite with Beudantite. Mimetite with Beudantite.
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Iridiscent Goethite

If you want to know more about these Goethites please follow this link

Goethite
Goethite.

NH7AC2: Botryoidal growths with intense metallic-iridescent patinas, very bright and showing strongly contrasting coloration, with dominant red, yellowish and orange shades. These growths contrast with a later phase with smaller and grayish botryoidal forms. The sample is from a famous 2007 find.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 3.2 × 2.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.3” × 1.1” × 0.7”




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Goethite

NP8AC2: Botryoidal growths with intense metallic-iridescent patinas, very bright and showing strongly contrasting coloration, with dominant red, yellowish and orange shades. These growths contrast with a later phase with smaller and grayish botryoidal forms. The sample is from a famous 2007 find.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 4.2 × 4.1 × 2.4 cm = 1.7”




Goethite.
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Goethite
Goethite.

NY57AC2: Botryoidal stalactitic aggregate with intensely metallic-iridescent patinas, very bright and showing strongly contrasting coloration, with dominant yellowish and orange shades. These growths contrast with a later phase with smaller and grayish-red botryoidal forms. The sample is from a famous 2007 find.
Filón Sur open pit, Minas de Tharsis, Tharsis, Alosno, Comarca El Andévalo, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (05-10/2007)

Specimen size: 8.3 × 4.7 × 4 cm = 3.3” × 1.9” × 1.6”




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Azurite from La Poderosa Mine

Azurite

NB11AB9: A Spanish novelty from a mine in which only the Pyrite had been noted before. Spheroidal aggregates of very well defined crystals, some of them platy and sharp, bright and with a very vivid color.
Poderosa Mine, El Campillo, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03/2015)

Specimen size: 2.5 × 1.8 × 1.5 cm = 1.0” × 0.7” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




Azurite.
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Azurite
Azurite.

NF11AB9: A Spanish novelty from a mine in which only the Pyrite had been noted before. Spheroidal aggregates of very well defined crystals, some of them platy and sharp, bright and with a very vivid color.
Poderosa Mine, El Campillo, Comarca Cuenca Minera, Huelva, Andalusia  Spain (03/2015)

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2 × 1.4 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”




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Chrysocolla from Linares

Chrysocolla

NG12T9: This is a Spanish novelty because in the Los Amigos Mine Chrysocolla wasn't mentioned before. We should also mention that the appearance of this Chrysocolla is very attractive as it isn’t just a crust as usual but it has nice forms covering what seem to be crystals of Quartz and probably Chalcedony. These nice forms together with their great color, generate what is, in our opinion, the best Chrysocolla found in Spain and nearly as fine as the nicer ones from other countries.
As usual when we offer unusual things like this, we will send a copy of the analysis to the customer.
San Enrique Shaft, Los Amigos Mine, La Cruz Group of Mines, La Cruz vein, Mesa de Valdelloso, Linares, Comarca Sierra Morena, Jaén, Andalusia  Spain (11/2011)

Specimen size: 5.2 × 2 × 2.5 cm = 2.0” × 0.8” × 1.0”




Chrysocolla.
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Northern Spain


Catalonia

Silver with Acanthite and Calcite
Silver with Acanthite and Calcite. Silver with Acanthite and Calcite.

PT48AI5: Dendritic growths, on a matrix of massive Calcite, of elongated native Silver crystals that are very well defined and bright, partially coated by Acanthite crystals. The Calcite matrix has been etched with acid to expose the Silver.
Balcoll Mine, Falset, Comarca Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (11/2004)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 5.2 × 3.5 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 1.4”

Calcite minor fluorescence short UV



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Microcline

NJ6AI0: Aggregate of crystals with very well defined parallel growths, Manebach law twinned with a pale pink color.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (±2006)

Specimen size: 8.6 × 8.5 × 3.4 cm = 3.4” × 3.3” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.8” × 0.7”




Microcline. Microcline.
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Mimetite with Galena and Baryte
Mimetite with Galena and Baryte.

NB14AD2: Very well defined Mimetite crystals. They are millimetric in size, very well defined, translucent, with a greenish yellow color. They show an elongated prism and an acute dipyramid. The Mimetite is more or less completely coating an isolated cubic Galena crystal that is implanted on a matrix upholstered by aggregates of lenticular white Baryte crystals. Furthermore, there are laminar Wulfenite crystals that can be observed by close inspection. The Mimetite from this mine was already known, but not with this so well defined presentation, completely coating the Galena and absent on the Baryte. We’ll send a copy of the analysis of the mimetite to the buyer.
Atrevida Mine, Vimbodí i Poblet, Comarca Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15-16/07/2015)

Specimen size: 2.3 × 2.3 × 1.4 cm = 0.9” × 0.9” × 0.6”

Main crystal size: 1.8 × 1.6 cm = 0.7” × 0.6”




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Mimetite with Wulfenite, Galena and Baryte

NB96AE7: An important find in the well-known old Atrevida mine, in the summer of 2015 a single geode with crusts of very well defined Mimetite crystals was uncovered. They are millimetric in size, very well defined and translucent with a greenish-yellow color and they show an elongated prism and an acute dipyramid. The Mimetite is more or less completely coating isolated or grouped cubic Galena crystals that are implanted on a matrix upholstered by aggregates of lenticular white Baryte crystals. Furthermore, most of the samples have small Pyromorphite aggregates and laminar Wulfenite crystals that can be observed by close inspection. The Mimetite from this mine was already known, but not with such a well-defined and fine presentation, completely coating the Galena and absent on the Baryte.
Atrevida Mine, Vimbodí i Poblet, Comarca Conca de Barberà, Tarragona, Catalonia  Spain (15/12/2015)

Specimen size: 6.3 × 4.3 × 3.2 cm = 2.5” × 1.7” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 2 × 1.9 cm = 0.8” × 0.7”

Baryte minor fluorescence short UV



Mimetite with Wulfenite, Galena and Baryte. Mimetite with Wulfenite, Galena and Baryte.
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Quartz from La Selva

In a small quarry near Barcelona, appeared good samples of smoky Quartz and exceptionally some Quartz Amethyst. Lots of local collectors go there on the weekends hoping to find the sample of their dreams. As we know many of them we hear about new finds and see the specimens found. Here are some of them. If you want to know more about La Selva Quartz please follow this link

Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst)
Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst).

NH11S6: Sceptered Quartz amethyst with a very intense color, from a quarry located in the Montseny Mountains area near Barcelona.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (10/2005)

Specimen size: 4.1 × 2.7 × 1.7 cm = 1.6” × 1.1” × 0.7”




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Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz

NH9S6: Sceptered Quartz amethyst from the finds of a few years ago, when the workings of the new high-speed train (AVE) crossed a mineralized area of the Montseny Mountains near Barcelona.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (08/2005)

Specimen size: 6.1 × 3.6 × 2.9 cm = 2.4” × 1.4” × 1.1”




Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz.
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Quartz (variety amethyst) with Microcline
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Microcline.

NG12S6: Quartz amethyst from the finds of a few years ago, when the workings of the new high-speed train (AVE) crossed a mineralized area of the Montseny Mountains near Barcelona.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (07/2006)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.3 × 2.5 cm = 2.4” × 2.1” × 1.0”




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Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz

NE66W4: Scepter growth partially doubly terminated, bright, between transparent and translucent and with a very deep violet color. On smoky Quartz matrix.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (04/2005)

Specimen size: 6.5 × 4.6 × 4 cm = 2.6” × 1.8” × 1.6”




Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz. Front
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Sceptered Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz. Rear
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Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz
Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz. Quartz (variety amethyst) with Quartz.

MV27R9: Parallel growth of crystals on a base of white Quartz. Crystals are transparent, bright and have an excellent, very deep, color with color zoning specially concentrated on the edges.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2006)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 7.5 × 6.2 cm = 3.7” × 3.0” × 2.4”

Main crystal size: 4 × 3.8 cm = 1.6” × 1.5”




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Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz and Microcline

MY17Q1: Very esthetic Group, with parallel growths and very deep color especially concentrated on the zones near the edges.
Soliva Quarry (AVE Quarry works), Can Sala, Riudarenes, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (2005)

Specimen size: 10.5 × 7 × 4 cm = 4.1” × 2.8” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 2.4 cm = 1.5” × 0.9”




Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz and Microcline. Front
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Quartz (variety amethyst) with smoky Quartz and Microcline. Side
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Smoky Quartz with Microcline and Albite
Smoky Quartz with Microcline and Albite. Front
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Smoky Quartz with Microcline and Albite. Rear
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NQ66W4: Single crystal of very deep colored smoky Quartz. It is transparent and bright and it is on a small matrix of Microcline and Albite, with leafy growths of Muscovite. The crystal shows a notable phantom growth at its termination.
Mas Sever Quarry, Massabè (Mas Ceber), Sils, Comarca La Selva, Girona/Gerona, Catalonia  Spain (04/2004)

Specimen size: 9.1 × 3.7 × 3.2 cm = 3.6” × 1.5” × 1.3”




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Aragon

Pyromorphite

NC11AH9: A novelty at Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2018. From old mining works where samples of such quality had never been found. The Pyromorphite crystals are partially coating a Quartz matrix, have very well defined faces and edges, are translucent, bright, and have a uniform yellowish green color. A new locality to add to the list of good Spanish Pyromorphites.
La Ascensión del Señor Mine (Mercader Mine), Judío Hill, Munébrega, Comarca de la Comunidad de Calatayud, Zaragoza, Aragon  Spain (2017)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.2 × 1.8 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”

Fluorescent short UV




Pyromorphite. Pyromorphite.
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La Rioja

Pyrite
Pyrite. Front
Front
Pyrite. Top
Top

PT59AH8: Single Pyrite crystal on a matrix partially coated by white aggregates of an unknown phyllosilicate. The crystal, a perfect cube, is very bright, free of damage and solidly attached in the matrix so it didn’t need to be reinforced. A Spanish classic, of great quality for the locality.
Ampliación a Victoria Mine, Navajún, Comarca Cervera, La Rioja  Spain

Specimen size: 12 × 9 × 8.6 cm = 4.7” × 3.5” × 3.4”

Main crystal size: 3.5 × 3.5 cm = 1.4” × 1.4”


Euro:540 / US$621 / Yen:70750 / AUD$878

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Navarre - Eugui

The Eugui quarry in Navarre is famous for its specimens of twinned, transparent or translucent Dolomite. While the quarry is still active, specimens are only found from time to time. In 1997 to 1998 a significant number were found and over the last few years a few more have appeared.

Dolomite

MR90AH7: Aerial group of sharp rhombohedral Dolomite crystals that are twinned and bright, between transparent and translucent, with phantom growths and fine alignments of black globular growths, probably Graphite, a Spanish classic.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain

Specimen size: 8 × 7 × 5.5 cm = 3.1” × 2.8” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3 cm = 1.3” × 1.2”




Dolomite. Dolomite.
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Fluellite with Metavariscite
Fluellite with Metavariscite.
Fluellite with Metavariscite.

NC11L4: Very interesting sample of Fluellite partially coated, on the base, by a thin white layer of Crandallite. The characteristic light violet color is seen and the Fluellite is positioned on a covering of green yellowish Metavariscite in small globular aggregates. All on a black carbonaceous slate matrix. In the deposit one can find Fluellite totally replaced by Crandallite.
Azcárate Quarry, Eugui, Esteríbar, Comarca Auñamendi, Navarre  Spain (1998-2000)

Specimen size: 7.7 × 6.5 × 2.9 cm = 3.0” × 2.6” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”


Euro:70 / US$79 / Yen:9000 / AUD$109

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Euskadi

Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite

NP27AA6: Druse of small, complex, twinned Sphalerite crystals, extraordinarily bright and transparent and with a very deep honey color. The matrix is partially coated by small, white Dolomite crystals and rhombohedral Siderite crystals. This mine is currently abandoned and flooded, and its old galleries are completely inaccessible.
Troya Mine, Mutiloa, Comarca Goyerri, Gipuzkoa/Guipúzcoa, Euskadi  Spain (±1985)

Specimen size: 11.6 × 9.1 × 6.3 cm = 4.6” × 3.6” × 2.5”

Main crystal size: 1 × 0.7 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”




Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite. Sphalerite with Dolomite and Siderite.
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Cantabria

Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite
Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite.

NG56AF0: A novelty at MineralExpo Sants (Barcelona) 2017. Smithsonite replacing Calcite crystals. It is yellowish and partially coated by small white Hemimorphite crystals. Both the Smithsonite and the Hemimorphite have been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Herrerías area, Comarca Saja-Nansa, Cantabria  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 6 × 3 cm = 2.4” × 2.4” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 1.7 × 1.1 cm = 0.7” × 0.4”

Minor fluorescence short UV




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Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite

NK14AF0: A novelty at MineralExpo Sants (Barcelona) 2017. Smithsonite replacing Calcite crystals. It is yellowish and partially coated by small white Hemimorphite crystals. Both the Smithsonite and the Hemimorphite have been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Herrerías area, Comarca Saja-Nansa, Cantabria  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 5.8 × 2.7 cm = 2.5” × 2.3” × 1.1”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 2.2 cm = 1.3” × 0.9”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV




Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite.
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Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite
Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite. Smithsonite after Calcite with Hemimorphite.

NL16AE8: A novelty at MineralExpo Sants (Barcelona) 2017. Aggregate of Smithsonite replacing and partially coating Calcite crystals. It is yellowish and partially coated by small white Hemimorphite crystals. Both the Smithsonite and the Hemimorphite have been analyzed and we’ll send a copy of the analyses to the buyer.
Herrerías area, Comarca Saja-Nansa, Cantabria  Spain (2016)

Specimen size: 7.1 × 5 × 4.4 cm = 2.8” × 2.0” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2 cm = 1.1” × 0.8”

Minor fluorescence short UV




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Hemimorphite with Hydrozincite

N46YH5: Small prismatic crystals of Hemimorphite, dark brown, very sharp and bright, partially covered by a botryoidal uniform bed of white Hydrozincite.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (1997)

Specimen size: 14.3 × 11 × 4 cm = 5.6” × 4.3” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 0.3 × 0.2 cm = 0.1” × 0.1”

Intense fluorescence short UV & fluorescent long UV




Hemimorphite with Hydrozincite. Hemimorphite with Hydrozincite.
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Calcite with Dolomite
Calcite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Calcite with Dolomite. Side
Side
Calcite with Dolomite. Side
Side

NV57AD2: Complex Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, rounded, with the dominant forms of a scalenohedron and a flattened rhombohedron, transparent, bright, with a very pale yellow color and on a rocky matrix with pink Dolomite.
This specimen was published on the Mineralogical Record´s web page, in the ‘What's New’ section, number 43, May 8, 2016 edition.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (±2000)

Specimen size: 5.6 × 5 × 3.6 cm = 2.2” × 2.0” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 3.7 × 3.4 cm = 1.5” × 1.3”




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Calcite with Dolomite

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ND47AD2: Complex Calcite crystals, rounded, with the dominant forms of a scalenohedron and a flattened rhombohedron, transparent, bright, with a yellow color and on a rocky matrix with pink Dolomite.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (±2006)

Specimen size: 6.8 × 6.2 × 4 cm = 2.7” × 2.4” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 4.3 × 3.7 cm = 1.7” × 1.5”

Minor fluorescence short UV




Calcite with Dolomite. Front
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Calcite with Dolomite. Side
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Calcite
Calcite. Front
Front
Calcite. Side
Side

NM27AE2: A complex crystal with many faces, among which acute rhombohedra and shortened scalenohedra stand out, giving it an equant and rounded shape. Above all, the uniform yellow color, the transparency, brilliance and position on the Dolomite matrix are all great.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (±2000)

Specimen size: 7.6 × 5 × 3.3 cm = 3.0” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 3.8 × 3.7 cm = 1.5” × 1.5”

Minor fluorescence short UV




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Calcite with Dolomite

ND7AF0: A complex crystal with many faces, among which are those of the acute rhombohedra and shortened scalenohedra which stand out, giving it an equant and rounded shape. Above all, the uniform yellow color, the transparency, brilliance and position on the Dolomite matrix are all great.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 7.8 × 4.4 × 5.3 cm = 3.1” × 1.7” × 2.1”

Main crystal size: 3.4 × 3.4 cm = 1.3” × 1.3”

Minor fluorescence short UV




Calcite with Dolomite. Front
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Calcite with Dolomite. Side
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Calcite with Dolomite
Calcite with Dolomite. Calcite with Dolomite.

NT67AE2: Complex Calcite crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with many faces, among which the acute rhombohedron and shortened scalenohedra stand out, giving them an equant and rounded shape. The crystals, transparent and colorless, are on a matrix of Dolomite crystals with Sphalerite and smaller Calcite crystals with an acute scalenohedral shape.
La Florida mining area, Herrería-Valdáliga-Rionansa, Cantabria  Spain (±2000)

Specimen size: 11.4 × 8.6 × 4.2 cm = 4.5” × 3.4” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 2.8 × 2.7 cm = 1.1” × 1.1”

Minor fluorescence short UV




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Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite

NE62X7: Aggregate of complex equant crystals, translucent, bright, and with a very deep dark honey color. They are on matrix, with small Quartz crystals and white scalenohedral Calcite crystals on the back side. It has been discovered in a recent find on an abandoned mine, well known for Calcite and Baryte and now offering this Sphalerite samples of very much better quality than all previously known.
María Jesús Mine (Lobeto Mine), Sol Viejo, Cabanzón, Herrerías, Comarca Saja-Nansa, Cantabria  Spain (2012-2013)

Specimen size: 6 × 5 × 3.4 cm = 2.4” × 2.0” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 0.9 × 0.6 cm = 0.4” × 0.2”

Calcite minor fluorescence long & short UV




Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite. Sphalerite with Quartz and Calcite.
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Áliva Sphalerite

Áliva, in the Picos de Europa, Cantabria, Spain is one of the classic worldwide localities. The best red Sphalerite in the world comes from here! The mines are now closed and there is no access to the galleries (especially as many of them are flooded)

Sphalerite
Sphalerite.

NR12R9: A complex crystal with curvatures on its faces and edges. It is transparent and has an excellent deep honey color. The back side shows exfoliated surfaces.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 2.9 × 2 × 1 cm = 1.1” × 0.8” × 0.4”




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Sphalerite with Dolomite

NT13AB1: Complex crystal with curvatures on its faces and edges, twinned, with parallel growths, transparent, with an excellent deep honey color and partially coated by small white Dolomite crystals. From a Spanish mine, inaccessible for many of years, that is considered as a classic for the Sphalerite.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 3.5 × 3 × 2.2 cm = 1.4” × 1.2” × 0.9”




Sphalerite with Dolomite.
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Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Front
Front
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Light behind
Light behind

TA66AD4: Aggregate of complex Sphalerite crystals, some with smooth faces and others with echeloned forms due to parallel growth. The crystals, partially coated by small white rhombohedral Dolomite crystals, are translucent, very bright and have a uniform honey color. A Spanish classic.
Las Mánforas Mine, nivel 2, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 5 × 4.9 × 3.4 cm = 2.0” × 1.9” × 1.3”




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Sphalerite with Dolomite

NM8AB1: Complex equidimensional crystals, translucent and with a very deep toasted honey color. They are on matrix, with Dolomite. From a Spanish mine, inaccessible for many of years, that is considered as a classic for the Sphalerite.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 7.7 × 5.6 × 3 cm = 3.0” × 2.2” × 1.2”




Sphalerite with Dolomite. Sphalerite with Dolomite.
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Sphalerite
Sphalerite. Front
Front
Sphalerite. Light behind
Light behind
Sphalerite. Light behind
Light behind

ME92AF2: Aggregate of complex Sphalerite crystals, very rich in faces that combine smooth and rough surfaces. The crystals, bright and between translucent and transparent, have a very intense orange color, easily visible with intense lightning.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 9.3 × 7.8 × 4.8 cm = 3.7” × 3.1” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 4.1 × 3.1 cm = 1.6” × 1.2”




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Sphalerite with Galena and Dolomite

N96EK0: Group of very sharp, twinned crystals of excellent color and luster on a matrix very rich in Galena and Dolomite. Due to the appearance and the association with Galena it looks different that the usual specimens from Áliva, but it is really from there.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 9.4 × 6.6 × 4.6 cm = 3.7” × 2.6” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.5 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”




Sphalerite with Galena and Dolomite. Sphalerite with Galena and Dolomite.
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Sphalerite with Dolomite
Sphalerite with Dolomite. Sphalerite with Dolomite.

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NM93AE6: An aggregate of complex Sphalerite crystals with curved faces, some smooth and others with polycrystalline growths. These crystals, between transparent and translucent, are very bright, have a very dense, deep and uniform honey color and are partially coated by white Dolomite rhombohedra.
Las Mánforas Mine, Áliva mining area, Camaleño, Comarca Liébana, Cantabria  Spain

Specimen size: 13 × 12 × 7 cm = 5.1” × 4.7” × 2.8”




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Asturias

Azurite with Calcite and Quartz

ND56AI1: Elongated Azurite crystals that are very individualized, translucent, with a very vivid color and on matrix with Quartz crystals and a large slightly altered Calcite crystal. The sample is from a very recent find at the Llamas quarry where Azurite was previously detected but of such quality.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 4.5 × 3.8 × 2.5 cm = 1.8” × 1.5” × 1.0”

Main crystal size: 0.5 × 0.2 cm = 0.2” × 0.1”




Azurite with Calcite and Quartz. Azurite with Calcite and Quartz.
Azurite with Calcite and Quartz.
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Azurite with Quartz
Azurite with Quartz. Azurite with Quartz.

NE16AI1: Aggregate, on matrix, of very sharp, transparent and extraordinarily bright Azurite crystals that have a very vivid color. The sample is from a very recent find at the Llamas quarry where Azurite was previously detected but not of such quality.

Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 4.7 × 3.8 × 2.4 cm = 1.9” × 1.5” × 0.9”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”




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Azurite with Quartz

NC46AI1: Aggregate, on matrix, of very sharp Azurite crystals with small Quartz crystals. The Azurite crystals are transparent, have a very vivid color and are extraordinarily bright. The sample is from a very recent find at the Llamas quarry where Azurite was previously detected but not of such quality.
Llamas Quarry, Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, Las Cabañas, Duyos, Caravia, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2018)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.2 × 4.9 cm = 2.5” × 1.7” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 0.1 × 0.1 cm = 0.0” × 0.0”




Azurite with Quartz. Azurite with Quartz.
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Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions and Baryte
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions and Baryte. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with inclusions and Baryte. Rear
Rear

NE16M3: Complete Quartz crystal, with irregularly grown faces and dissolution forms (no fractures) on the back side. This crystal shows inclusions and small matrix fragments with laminar Baryte crystals on its surface.
Emilio Mine, "Zona Intermedia", Obdulia vein, Caravia mining area, La Rubiera, Loroñe, Colunga, Comarca de la Sidra, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (09-11/2004)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 5.1 × 4 cm = 3.5” × 2.0” × 1.6”

Main crystal size: 8.5 × 4.9 cm = 3.3” × 1.9”




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Smithsonite after Calcite

NF56AF2: Smithsonite growths pseudomorphous after scalenohedral Calcite crystals. The color is between brown and yellow and their edges are bordered by botryoidal growths which are partially coated by white Hemimorphite. In spite of the fact that the Smithsonite and the Hemimorphite from this mine are well known, to our knowledge there are no references about these Smithsonite-Calcite pseudomorphs.
Argayón Mine, Robriguero, Panes, Peñamellera Baja, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (12/2016)

Specimen size: 11.3 × 9.4 × 5.6 cm = 4.4” × 3.7” × 2.2”

Main crystal size: 6.6 × 4.5 cm = 2.6” × 1.8”

Fluorescence short UV & minor fluorescence long UV




Smithsonite after Calcite. Smithsonite after Calcite.
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Quartz with Hydrocarbon inclusions
Quartz with Hydrocarbon inclusions. Front
Front
Quartz with Hydrocarbon inclusions. Rear
Rear

TY28AE2: Aggregate of doubly terminated crystals, one of them clearly dominant, with curious echeloned terminations. They are very bright and have a lot of hydrocarbon inclusions. A Spanish classic of great quality.
La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 9.2 × 4.8 × 3.3 cm = 3.6” × 1.9” × 1.3”

Main crystal size: 9.2 × 4.3 cm = 3.6” × 1.7”

Hydrocarbons fluorescent long & short UV



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Doubly terminated Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions and Baryte

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EP61AB8: Aggregate of Quartz crystals, most of them doubly terminated, with a considerable length for the locality and very rich in fluid hydrocarbide inclusions, some of them mobile.
La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain

Specimen size: 12.2 × 7.9 × 6.5 cm = 4.8” × 3.1” × 2.6”

Main crystal size: 8.1 × 7.1 cm = 3.2” × 2.8”

Hydrocarbons fluorescent long & short UV



Doubly terminated Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions and Baryte. Front
Front
Doubly terminated Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions and Baryte. Rear
Rear
Doubly terminated Quartz with hydrocarbon inclusions and Baryte.
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Baryte with Calcite
Baryte with Calcite. Front
Front
Baryte with Calcite. Side
Side

NM36AE3: Aggregate of thin tabular and very sharp Baryte crystals that are transparent, very bright, with a very uniform yellow color and on matrix, with colorless, clear and bright scalenohedral Calcite crystals. An excellent Spanish classic, unusual, due the yellow baryte color.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (1998)

Specimen size: 5.8 × 4.1 × 4.8 cm = 2.3” × 1.6” × 1.9”

Main crystal size: 1.3 × 1 cm = 0.5” × 0.4”




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Baryte

NR16AC9: Aggregate of very sharp tabular Baryte crystals with zones that have a dominant sky blue color and others with a white color and geometric zones on the edges.
Moscona Mine, El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (2011)

Specimen size: 6.2 × 5.6 × 3 cm = 2.4” × 2.2” × 1.2”

Main crystal size: 2.3 × 1.6 cm = 0.9” × 0.6”

Minor fluorescence short UV




Baryte. Baryte.
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Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite
Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite. Baryte with Calcite, Dolomite and Fluorite.

NP63V2: From a recent find at the Moscona mine. A druse of tabular crystals of Baryte with very well defined faces and edges, good transparency and luster and an intense sky blue color, with small yellow scalenohedral crystals of Calcite, Dolomite and minor Fluorite.
Moscona Mine, "Corte del Agua", El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (01/2012)

Specimen size: 9.5 × 7.3 × 4.3 cm = 3.7” × 2.9” × 1.7”

Main crystal size: 1.2 × 1.2 cm = 0.5” × 0.5”




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Baryte with Dolomite

NA88X4: Very sharp laminar crystals of Baryte, bright and with an intense and uniform sky blue color. They are on matrix, with white Dolomite crystals and small cubic Fluorite crystals.
Moscona Mine, "Corte del Agua", El Llano, Solís, Corvera de Asturias, Comarca Avilés, Asturias, Principality of Asturias  Spain (01/2012)

Specimen size: 17 × 10.5 × 7.3 cm = 6.7” × 4.1” × 2.9”

Main crystal size: 2.2 × 2 cm = 0.9” × 0.8”




Baryte with Dolomite. Baryte with Dolomite.
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Castile and León

Cinnabar with Calcite
Cinnabar with Calcite. Cinnabar with Calcite.

NG26AF2: Sharp rhombohedral Cinnabar crystals on matrix. They have an intense red color and have hoppered growths with very small Quartz crystals.
Escarlati Mine, level 3, Puerto de las Señales, Maraña, Comarca Montaña Oriental, León, Castile and León  Spain (2007)

Specimen size: 6.4 × 4.8 × 3.5 cm = 2.5” × 1.9” × 1.4”

Main crystal size: 1.1 × 0.8 cm = 0.4” × 0.3”




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Cinnabar with Calcite

NH46AF2: Rhombohedral Cinnabar crystals on matrix. They have an intense red color and their faces and edges are very well defined, , with some hoppered faces that have small Quartz crystals inside of them.
Escarlati Mine, level 3, Puerto de las Señales, Maraña, Comarca Montaña Oriental, León, Castile and León  Spain (2007)

Specimen size: 8.8 × 7.8 × 4.5 cm = 3.5” × 3.1” × 1.8”

Main crystal size: 0.7 × 0.6 cm = 0.3” × 0.2”




Cinnabar with Calcite. Front
Front
Cinnabar with Calcite. Top
Top
Cinnabar with Calcite.
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Cinnabar with Quartz
Cinnabar with Quartz. Cinnabar with Quartz.

NC27AH7: An alignment of rhombohedral Cinnabar crystals that have a very good luster and color and whose faces and edges are very much better defined than usual on samples from this locality. They are on massive Quartz matrix. An excellent Spanish classic with very few samples available today.
Escarlati Mine, level 3, Puerto de las Señales, Maraña, Comarca Montaña Oriental, León, Castile and León  Spain (2007)

Specimen size: 12.4 × 7.8 × 5.2 cm = 4.9” × 3.1” × 2.0”

Main crystal size: 0.4 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”




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Villamanínite

Villamanínite with Calcite

NE11AE3: Aggregates of very well defined octahedral crystals in parallel growths and brighter than usual for this species. The crystals are in an etched Calcite matrix. They are from a find between 2010 and 2011 in the area of the La Divina Providencia Mine, the type locality for the species. They have larger and better defined crystals than usual in the samples found before at this locality.
Providencia Mine (La Divina Providencia), La Foceja, Villanueva de Pontedo, Cármenes (Villamanín), Comarca Los Argüellos, León, Castile and León  Spain (2010-2011)

Specimen size: 3.8 × 2.5 × 1.9 cm = 1.5” × 1.0” × 0.7”

Main crystal size: 0.6 × 0.4 cm = 0.2” × 0.2”

Type locality




Villamanínite with Calcite. Villamanínite with Calcite.
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Galicia

Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Front
Front
Beryl (variety emerald) with Phlogopite. Rear
Rear

NV6AF2: Thick tabular Beryl (emerald variety) crystal a distinct hexagonal shape, with inclusions of leafy Phlogopite aggregates.
Emerald Deposit, A Franqueira, A Cañiza, Comarca Paradanta, Pontevedra, Galicia  Spain

Specimen size: 3.8 × 3.1 × 1.8 cm = 1.5” × 1.2” × 0.7”




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